Hopkins ran past NorthPointe Christian defenders all night in earning the 58-21 win. (Photo by Steve Mele)

Vikings cruise past NorthPointe Christian

By: 
Leo Martonosi

The Mustangs of NorthPointe Christian had two chances of winning their  OK Silver Conference first place show down against Hopkins—slim and none.
“We wanted this game bad,” said nose guard Mason Moomey, who collected four tackles in the Vikings decisive 58-21 homecoming win on Friday, Sept. 21.
Cole Marschall, who turned on the jets for a 47-yard scoring scamper in the battle between the two OK Silver powers, said there is a big reason why the Vikings are 3-0 in the league and 4-1 for the season.
“We’re family,” Marschall said. “We get along very well and love and care about each other.”
Marschall said there is another factor for the Vikings success thus far this season.
“Our crowd was great once again,” he said. “We really feed off our fans.”
Hopkins quarterback Nolan Smith, who completed 6-of-12 passes for 196 yards that included touchdowns of 17 and 45 yards to the lighting-quick Hunter Lewellyn, also returned a pass interception for 62 yards for a TD.
Smith’s first interception of the season was the fourth of his career.
Also picking off a pass for the Vikings were Marschall, Lewellyn and Colin Weber.
Even though the Vikings were on top by a wide 37-14 margin at the halftime break—which featured the crowning of King Jesse Dykstra and Queen Macy Arndt—Hopkins coach Cody Francis wasn’t particularly happy.
“We became more aggressive and played much better in the second half,” Francis said.
Francis was thrilled, though, that several of his defensive players were involved in bringing down a Mustang ball carrier.
“We had great team gang tackling,” Francis said. “That’s something we stress.”
Ethan Gilder led Hopkins in tackles with 11. The hard-hitting Gilder was followed by Brad Langlois and Marschall with five tackles apiece.
Colin Weber made his presence felt on the ground and in the air for the Vikings, scoring on an 80-yard run and grabbing a 36-yard scoring toss from Nolan Smith. The three TD passes by Smith tied the school single-season record set previously by Tim Kisner at 13.
“I’m not really into records,” Smith said. “All of us just want to win.”
Ryan Haveman also bulled his way 26 yards for a Hopkins touchdown.
Josh Glascott kicked two balls through the uprights for extra points for the Vikings.
 

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